The KwaZulu-Natal men’s coastals hockey team went up against Mpumalanga in their first match of the South African Country Districts tournament on Sunday.
Mpumalanga had much to prove after being labelled as underdogs, so it would be a hard-fought game for the KwaZulu-Natal side, which featured a number of Port Shepstone Hockey Club players.
The first half saw all the pressure coming from the KwaZulu-Natal side with some great passes, however, they were unable to convert any chances as the played most of the half with nine men on the park as the umpires didn’t take any nonsense, giving yellow cards for bad tackles.
The second half would see Mpumalanga scoring first from a penalty corner. KwaZulu-Natal then showed composure and started controlling the game and were rewarded with a penalty stroke scored by Port Shepstone ace Warren van der Merwe to level the game.
It would not be much longer before KwaZulu-Natal took the lead with a well-executed penalty corner to win the game 2-1.